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December 19, 2011

Roundup nets 73 arrests (WITH VIDEO) UPDATED WITH PHOTOS

CULLMAN — Three law enforcement agencies joined efforts over the past five days to conduct a major crackdown on drug activity across the county.

The effort resulted in the arrest of 73 people, 32 of whom were arrested on warrants ranging from trafficking to manufacturing and distribution of a controlled substance. The remaining arrests covered a variety of lesser charges, including drug possession and failure to appear.

“This roundup shows we have a law enforcement area that works very well together,” Cullman Assistant Chief of Police Craig Green said. “The sad thing is, it’s not a number issue or a person issue, it’s something that’s affecting homes and lives and people every day. This is something that is destroying families and homes, and we appreciate the opportunity to work closely with the sheriff and appreciate the mayor and our city council for their support.”

The last roundup in early June resulted in arguably the largest crackdown ever in Cullman County, netting 96 arrests. Since then, members of the Cullman County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) have been working to put together over 160 cases, and were able to execute 135 of those warrants over the past several days.

According to CNET director Joey Cone, four or five of those are repeat offenders.

“All of this stems from a lot of hard work the CNET agents put together,” Cone said.

Of those arrested, Cone said roughly 65-70 percent were meth-related.

“Meth was the number-one drug we bought off the street,” Cone said. “Then it was prescription pills, marijuana and some heroin.”

More than 60 law enforcement agents from the sheriff’s office, Cullman Police Department, Cullman County District Attorney’s Office, Hanceville Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Marshall Service, Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Cullman Fire Department, Cullman Emergency Medical Services and the Cullman County Detention Center all assisted in the roundup.

“This type of operation, like the one in June, takes a lot of planning and hard work; therefore I would like to give a special thanks to Lt. Joey Cone, Director of the Cullman County Narcotics Enforcement Team and his agents,” Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said. “Making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug would go a long way in putting a dent in the meth problem.”

According to Cone, several of those arrested in the roundup remain in jail, while others have made bond.

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